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"To V or Not to V": Vaccination Choice in New Jersey

Louise_habakus By Anne Dachel
I like to think that reporters are someday going to start telling the truth about autism and catch on to the fact that if you only talk to health officials, you’re only getting one side of the story when it comes to the controversy over vaccines and autism.  Sunday, Aug 15, I had nice surprise when I looked at autism stories in the news. 
The piece, To ‘V’ or not to ‘V’? Free vaccinations offered; controversy continues, (HERE) was in the Hudson Reporter from Hoboken, NJ.  It started out with the typical vaccine promotion: “The North Hudson Community Action Corporation (NHCAC) is collaborating with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) Immunization Program to offer five vaccinations for free to everyone from newborns to seniors at NHCAC’s public health centers in Union City and West New York.”
We were also told, “Some parents began to show concern about the growing list of vaccines their children are mandated to take. And although that study was discredited and more recent studies ‘found no evidence of harm’ from vaccines, many people nationwide, including some high-profile celebrities, are still pushing the cause of vaccination research and choice.”
Then reporter Lana Rose Diaz did an amazing thing, she included an interview with autism advocate and parent, Louise Kuo Habakus, founder of Life Health Choices.  Diaz did more than just give Habakus a single sentence taken out of context with no follow-up.  She allowed Habakus to talk about the organizations she’s a part of—the New Jersey Coalition for Vaccination Choice   and the Center for Personal Rights

Habakus told about her own children:

“Habakus said she got involved in the fight for vaccination choice after two of her children were injured by vaccines. She said they developed inflammatory bowel disease, which got progressively worse after each vaccine.

“However, she stressed that the injuries her children faced may be less or more severe than what others could face.

 “’Vaccine injury manifests very differently in different people,’ said Habakus.”
She got to give details about the situation in New Jersey:
“Habakus added that New Jersey is the only place in the world that mandates the flu shot for kids.

"‘We mandate more vaccines than any other place in the world,’ said Habakus. ‘We also don't have the gold standard when it comes to choice.’

“Vaccines are recommended at a federal level by the Center for Disease Control and are mandated by each state's Department of Health.

“New Jersey tops the list of most mandated vaccines, which parents may only refuse for religious or medical reasons.
“Habakus said that New Jersey is the leading state with children with autism and learning disabilities. Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others.

“In New Jersey, the autism rate is 1 in 94. Some have said the high rate is due to the many resources that exist in the state, a situation that draws people with autistic children to move here. In addition, more children may be diagnosed here.

“Habakus pointed to the fact that the Garden State gives more shots, offers no vaccine choice, and is the U.S. and worldwide headquarters for over half of the world's pharmaceutical firms.

"’Is that a coincidence?’ she said. ‘The pharmaceutical industry is such an important tax base in our state, you could argue that it would be impossible to be elected in New Jersey without pharm support.’

“Habakus said that sufficient research has never been put into vaccines to see who is susceptible to possible complications prior to administering vaccines, because the people conducting the studies are the same ones selling the product.”
It’s unlikely that any ordinary person reading this story would just dismiss the comments made by Habakus.  They should raise serious questions, especially in the minds of concerned parents.  We can hope they’ll then do further research on their own and learn the details about what both sides are saying.
We can also hope that more reporters will do their job---and give us the arguments from both sides.  That’s all we ask.  It’s what they mean by “fair and balanced.”
Anne Dachel is Media Editor of Age of Autism.




Aren't we always told that the drug companies don't make any money on vaccines? The article makes clear that vaccines are often the most profitable part of their business.

And why not? Vaccine usage is often mandatory and the drug companies are off the hook for the damage they do.


Louise has one of the best voices, it is so strong, loud, articulate that any speaker would envy. But the most important element is her passion.

But Carol:

It appears from this link you have found that the vaccine companies are not worried about her voice, not concerned about Age of Autism. We aer not even in the equation when they forcast future profits from vaccines.

Seems kind of hopeless at times.


"NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 12, 2010) - Vaccines continue to be the success story for pharmaceutical companies, with the world market for preventative vaccines totaling $22.1 billion in 2009, up from $19 billion in 2008, according to healthcare market research publisher Kalorama Information. Kalorama's new report, "Vaccines 2010: World Market Analysis, Key Players, and Critical Trends in a Fast-Changing Industry," notes that the worldwide vaccine market is predicted to increase at a compound annual rate of 9.7% during the next five years, as new product introductions continue and the use of current products expands further.

"We've forecasted a high growth rate for vaccines over the past few years and market events have matched our predictions," said Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information. "The vaccine business is not without its risks, but for some companies, vaccines were the only bright spot in their portfolio in 2009. It's not a surprise therefore that development is heavy in this sector, and that will contribute to growth over the next five years."

Vaccines are commonly segmented into two target markets, adult and pediatric. According to Kalorama Information, the pediatric vaccine market is larger, accounting for more than half of the total market. Pediatric vaccines are also growing at a faster rate than adult vaccines and this is expected to continue over the next five years. Pneumococcal and "combination" DTaP vaccines are driving growth in the pediatric sector, while influenza and hepatitis vaccine products are driving sales in the adult segment of the market. Future growth in adult vaccines will be driven by increased acceptance and new products.

The worldwide vaccine market is dominated by five major competitors: Merck & Co, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi Pasteur, Pfizer, and Novartis. These companies have made earning a greater share of the vaccine market part of their marketing and research strategies. GlaxoSmithKline is in the lead with nearly a quarter of the world market in 2009, largely due to its influenza products Fluvarix and Hiberix, according to Kalorama.

More information is available from Kalorama Information's report, "Vaccines 2010: World Market Analysis, Key Players, and Critical Trends in a Fast-Changing Industry," including market forecasts, company profiles, and trends in the industry. The report can be found at: "


The health departments, state by state have statiscians.

I might contact my state's health department and see if they have this or not?


Does anyone know of a chart listing number of vaccinations and rate of vaccination by state and number of cases of autism by state? I'll take three separate charts.

I must be looking in all the wrong places.


Also Kindergartners have to get a second dose of varicella:

Jenny Allan

A collection of OFFICIAL comments regarding the Pertussis vaccine


State of mind? Beats me.

I was surprised to read this pearl from Dr. Susan Fernyak, director of communicable disease control and prevention, SFDPH:

"Q: At this point, is there anyone who shouldn't get vaccinated against whooping cough?

A [Fernyak]: No, unless you are a child who is up-to-date with his/her vaccinations or have already received a dose of TdaP (the whooping cough vaccine)."

Even the manufacturer seems to realize that there's a subset of people who might have a serious reaction to this vaccine. How about those who have already had an adverse reaction to a vaccine? How about those with an autoimmune illness?

The 2009 prescribing information for Boostrix, for instance, says that safety (and effectiveness)have not been established in pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 10 years of age.

Assuming that these sorts of concerns are still in effect, I suspect that Fernyak knows about them, but she doesn't think you need to.


Carol - I lost track of the quotation marks in you comment. I thought it was your opinion.

The entire concept of "vaccine preventable diseases" is a theory, which has not ever been validated.

Probably the most authorative and succinct articles on public vaccination policy have been written by Russell L. Blaylock, MD, whose opinion I respect and agree with.

Carolyn M

In the state of Virginia, "a booster dose of Tdap is required for all students entering 6th grade, if at least 5 years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine." Virginia has had this requirement since July 1, 2006.

Note that the apparent reason is tetanus.

I wonder how long it will be before they start claiming that we need YEARLY Tdap boosters.


This is were I get confused.
There are times that I know for a fact, yes a fact, that the ones in power have to know that the vaccines are causing a lot of immune illnesses, and brian injuries. It is a conspiracy! I feel that they are hiding it, those evil, cruel people that will someday be in the very depths of hell.

I am sure Patron 99 feels this way, after all the military lined them all up and gave them the shots, and after a whole bunch of soldiers got sick from it - how could they not know.

And there are others here too, how could their stories be ignored. Tanners Dad, benmyson, Gotogorra and on and on. How could your stories just be ignored. The answer is obvious - they know they are just hiding it.

And then Carol tells us that Ohio is planning on giving boosters for the whooping cough to seventh graders.
The DTaP, the DPT, the whooping cough, has caused a great deal of trouble. I know of five little preschoolers that their parents claim reacted to the DTaP! In this small rural area!

If they give booster of DTaP only more numbers of kids are going to get sick. For I know with each booster only increases the chance of an adverse reaction at the next go around.

If the powers that be know anything, they must know this too. So, they are going to get caught. They have to know they are going to get caught, unless they really do not know???? Could they be this thick?



The part about pertussis being vaccine preventable was part of a long excerpt from an online newspaper about newly-instituted mandatory Tdap vaccination in Ohio.

I usually assume that readers are more interested in what others are saying than my personal opinion. But I'm not above throwing in a few comments of my own from time to time.


So... if you get pertussis but you were already vaccinated against pertussis, you should get vaccinated against pertussis again. But then if you get pertussis after you were vaccinated again for pertussis, should you get vaccinated for pertussis yet again? Etcetera ad infinitum?

Or should public health administrators put a little time and money into figuring out why the vaccine didn't take in the first place? Like actually studying live humans instead of tinkering with dicey stats and writing off an arbitrary percentage of the population?



Since 2008, there have been 2808 adverse events reported in those 6 - 17 years old after Tdap vaccination in the US and its territories. Four of these have been deaths. In two of the deaths, Tdap was administered with other vaccines.


Carol - "The disease is vaccine preventable, and the best way to prevent Pertussis is to get vaccinated."

I respectfully disagree. You are quoting mythology. Where's the sound scientific evidence of both safety and efficacy to back up the statement?



So, there will be an epidemic of illness in 7th grade kids a coming. Because that DTaP is just as bad and causing just as many problems as the old DPT shot.


While we're on the topic of mandated vaccines:

"A new vaccination requirement for all Ohio students entering seventh grade in the fall of 2010 is intended to protect Ohio’s residents from Pertussis disease by decreasing the spread of disease.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious communicable disease that poses a number of risks to our community. The disease is spread person to person through close personal contact with an infected person.

In Clark County, Pertussis has been an ongoing concern, particularly during the recent years. The number of persons reported with Pertussis disease in Clark County has been significant with 21 cases reported in 2009 and 49 cases reported in 2008.

The disease is vaccine preventable, and the best way to prevent Pertussis is to get vaccinated. Since 2005, the vaccine called Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), has been available for adolescents and adults. A dose of Tdap or Td is now required for all students entering the 7th grade this school year 2010-11. Adults should also receive one Tdap vaccine sometime between the ages of 19 through 64 years of age."

Not an MD

Louise should run for office. I would sure love to have her as my Congresswoman. We could use some good, old fashioned, common sense laws out of Congress to protect our personal rights.

Bravo, Louise, for getting the message out where it belongs.


New Jersey is also a state in which the legislature os working hard to make water fluoridation mandatory everywhere. Once again, I'm reminded of the grim analogy between vaccines and water fluoridation: collusion at top levels of the health bureaucracy to keep the program in place despite overwhelming evidence of harm; a compliant mainstream media falling right in line, their mildest warning invariably coupled with a tidal wave of frenzied promotion; and, of course, handsome corporate profits all around.

Kudos to the brave reporter who gave Ms.Habakus an opportunity to get the word out.


Way to go Ms. Diaz!!! Now that is a journalist!! Hope she gets to keep her job and Big Pharma doesn't come after her...

Maurine Meleck

Louise Habakus for President. I love her. Thanks, Anne.

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